Vision at Work
In order to educate corporations and their workers about the relevance of eye wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to avoid vision-impairing eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, people sustain job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Workplace safety experts and doctors say that the two most prevalent reasons that people get eye injuries is either because they fail to wear anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
Most frequently, eye injuries that occur in the work environment are a result of flying particles or falling objects such as wood, metal, dust or concrete that can penetrate or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemical splashes, gases and radiation can also burn and seriously damage the eye tissues.
Making Work a Safe SiteThere are four crucial ways to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Be aware of the eye hazards found at your workplace.
- Limit the possibility of danger before even beginning work by obtaining machine shields, screens or other engineering controls.
- Request safety goggles that fit properly and provide sufficient protection for your job. Your eye doctor will be able to assist to determine the most suitable protective eyewear for your circumstances.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in great condition.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working at computers or using mobile devices can also be unsafe for your sight. Due to the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are a few helpful suggestions to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break and have a look at something about 20 feet in the distance. If you're using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Additionally try to adjust the brightness of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your screen right under eye level to pose less of a strain on your eyes. You should also speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
If you think that you may be in danger of any eye or vision damage due to your work environment don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!